Yesterday was quite windy but sunny and nice. Today will be cloudy, with isolated showers after 2:00 pm, and with a high of 45 degrees. Rain is likely after 8:00 pm with a low around 35.
Yesterday morning Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced an Executive Order which institutes a Stay at Home Directive
. “No Maryland resident should be leaving their home unless it is for an essential job, or for an essential reason such as obtaining food or medicine, seeking urgent medical attention, or for other necessary purposes.” The order went into effect at 8:00 pm yesterday. Here’s a link to the announcement press conference
As of yesterday morning, testing sites located in Garrett County have processed specimens on a total of 113 individuals. The database of test results for Garrett County residents shows 66 negatives and has held stable at three positives. Of the remaining 44 specimens, most are still pending, but some of these undefined results represent individuals who reside outside of Garrett County.
Accurate COVID-19 information is critical for our Garrett County community. For the most current and accurate information about the situation, please refer to the following, as provided by the Garrett County Health Department. Note their new FAQ page, as listed and linked below as well:
- Health Department COVID-19 Dashboard: org/covid-19-information/. Local information as well as links to State and National resources.
- Health Department Frequently Ask Questions Page: ly/covid-19-answers
- Garrett County COVID-19 Medical Hotline: 301-334-7698
- Garrett County Government’s COVID-19 Page: org/covid-19
Here’s a link to a strong and clear statement from Maryland Department of Natural Resources that covers use of state parks and related facilities, boating, etc. during the crisis. It is worth a read for sure.
Sherry at Bear Creek Traders and Perkins asked us to inform readers that both institutions in McHenry are temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 crisis. Please be sure to support those businesses and all others when they re-open, as they are a core foundational component of the Deep Creek Lake area. And don’t forget some businesses also have carry-out open at this time, so take a break from cooking once in a while and support our advertisers that make Deep Creek Times possible.
Speaking of carry-out, the Manor Steakhouse in Oakland
just announced their menu and process for takeout, which is now available from Thursday’s – Saturday’s from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. You can call them at 240.488.1104 for more information or to place an order. They will deliver the order right out to the car. Here’s some additional specifics: https://themanorsteakhouse.com/
*Call The Manor Steakhouse
240-488-1104. Our staff will let you know when your order will be ready for pickup.
*All orders must be paid with credit card
*Please drive to the right side of the restaurant to our side entrance (there will be signs for your convenience).*Call again that you have arrived and provide the make of your vehicle so that we can deliver the correct order to you.
*A staff member will bring the order to you and your receipt will be attached.
Again, please be sure to check-out our other advertisers that offer carry out. Here’s our regular dining guide
for you to do a little research on what you and the family are in the mood for before you call to verify carry-out. While some restaurants are completely closed, other local eateries are open for take-out. Here’s a list for you to see what is available. It is changing continually, so be sure to check-back from time-to-time. Please consider take-out as a way to support our local small business owners as they try to weather the COVID-19 closure storm. Here’s the link to the list.
Be safe, healthy and happy dear readers…
The weather for today will see Increasing clouds, with a high near 49 degrees and a west wind 14 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. The evening hours will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 34.
Putting these challenging times in perspective through the wonder and beauty of our natural environment, here’s a photo submitted Friday by Russ Dijak. Thanks Russ. Great shot.
Beautiful Deep Creek Sky
Folks, with everyone hunkered down, we have been getting fewer photos submitted the last few weeks. If you are out and about, and have a photo from around the lake (or your own homestead) that you think other readers would enjoy, please submit to us at email@example.com. Photos can be of natural or man-made features and of people, pets or wildlife.
Some “mixed” news: Heard over the weekend that Maryland had about 1,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with almost 12,000 negative tests conducted. The bad news is we have 1,000 people (at least) with the coronavirus. On the other hand, assuming those tested feared they were exposed or exhibited symptoms, less than 10% of them actually had the virus (at testing). Maybe that is a good sign? Maryland officials on Sunday reported that 247 new cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed since Saturday. Garrett County still stands at three confirmed cases.
As of Saturday, COVID-19 testing sites located in Garrett County had processed specimens on 109 individuals. These individuals reside mainly in Garrett County, but some have been processed on out-of-county residents. Among specimens collected on Garrett County residents, there have been 50 negative results and three positive results. Of the remaining 56 specimens, the vast majority are still pending.
Reminder: For up-to-date information on COVID-19 visit the Health Department’s website at garretthealth.org where you will find links to both Statewide and National resources. You can also call the local COVID-19 Hotline number at 301.334.7698. I think the Health Department and other local organizations are doing a great job of keeping all informed.
The Board of Directors of the Property Owners’ Association of Deep Creek Lake, Inc., announced the election of Bob Sutton as President of the POA on March 26th. Bob has been a resident of Sky Valley since 1971 where for the past many years he has served as the President of the Sky Valley Association. Good luck Bob!
As we all stay home and self-quarantine, our friends at First United Bank & Trust have come up with an online resource to help families optimize and enhance their time together, while still isolated from the broader community. Click on this link for more information. Thanks First United!
A newly developed local small business loan program designed to assist Garrett County small businesses through the COVID-19 health crisis has been announced jointly by the Board of County Commissioners for Garrett County and the Garrett County Development Corporation. The goal of the program is to provide small businesses with loans for interim emergency funding (up to $5,000) to help pay legitimate business expenses such as mortgage, rent, utilities, insurance, taxes, etc. in order to remain solvent, continue business operations, or eventually restart the business. There are eligibility requirements. For more information, you can contact Kim Durst at Garrett County Economic Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301.334.1992.
Have a great and healthy Monday folks…
The weather today will be mostly cloudy, showers likely, mainly after 5pm. High near 58 and low around 48. Saturday will be showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 10am, then a chance of showers. High near 61 and a low around 53. Sunday will be showers likely, mainly between 8am and 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66 and low around 42. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 17 to 22 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 36 mph.
This was the morning view for @alexandra.garcia66 yesterday morning:
The Garrett County collection sites will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning March 31. The landfill will be operating under normal hours.
There’s a new data tool that is issuing a “Social Distancing Scorecard” for each county in the United States. The “score” is based on the measure of mobility or pings of your anonymized cell phone movements across towers.
The local Chamber and the Garrett County Health Department presented a webinar on the COVID-19 situation — here’s a link to watch and download the slides: https://bit.ly/39iWRTx
In case you need it, the Garrett County Health Department has a hotline for all things COVID-19 related in our community: 301-334-7698
I saw a report that more than 42,000 Marylanders filed unemployment in the week ending March 21 — compared to less than 4,000 in the previous week.
In the interest of public health and safety due to COVID-19, the Garrett County Health Officer Bob Stephens has declared that all transient rentals be closed, and not further rented, effective today March 27, 2020, at 5:00 P.M. This means all existing bookings must be canceled until the Governor’s “Prohibiting Large Gatherings” order is lifted. See the letter here.
President Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Maryland and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the COVID-19 pandemic (beginning on January 20, 2020, and continuing).
I hope each and every one of you is staying safe and healthy!
The weather today will be mostly sunny with a high near 60 and a low around 47. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Rain, overnight, mainly after 2am.
There was some snow in the Northern-end of the county yesterday. Here’s a screengrab of the State Highway camera at Keyser’s Ridge from Allegany Mountains Weather:
Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and Sales shared this message from the Director of Human Resources and Employee Relations at the Garrett County Public Schools: Help is needed to provide local students with meals while schools are closed. If you are able to volunteer, contact Jane Wildesen, email@example.com.
- At the Dennett Road (DR) Complex, Wednesday, March 25 – Friday, March 27 at 10:30 a.m., we are asking volunteers to help deliver meals to homes across GC.
- On Saturday, March 28 at 10:00 am, we will need help at DR to prep food for delivery on Monday, March 30th.
- On Monday, March 30, we will need volunteers at 10:45 at DR to deliver 5 days of meals to homes across GC.
In order to better coordinate local resources, the Garrett County Health Department is conducting an anonymous survey: https://garretthealth.org/%f0%9f%8d%8e-important-community-covid-19-survey/
For state-wide COVID-19 resources, you can visit the Maryland Department of Health and The Office of Governor Larry Hogan websites.
State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Salmon announced Wednesday she is extending the statewide school closure another 4 weeks until April 24, 2020.
Check the real-time Census response rates at the 2020 Census Response Rates website: you can drill down and see state, county, or cities and census tracts. The site is updated each day at 3:00 PM.
Maryland Department of Natural Resources asks the fishing public to be patient during these trying times and to check the trout stocking website periodically for any updates to open times and stocking dates.
Thanks to Pat O’Hammy for sharing his helmet-cam video of mountain biking at Deep Creek Lake State Park. Note the lake view off through the trees to the left.
I was able to take a short hike after work yesterday with my wife. Nice to get out, “make some vitamin D” and get some exercise. Today’s weather will include showers, mainly before 11:00 am with a high near 44 and a low around 34.. East wind 5 to 8 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Garrett College announced yesterday that they have cancelled their Spring 2020 in-person graduation that was scheduled for May 16th. All graduates will now graduate in absentia. For more on Garrett College’s efforts relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, go here. I believe the college has done an excellent job of addressing, responding to and communicating relative to the COVID-19 crisis.
I also heard yesterday that Salem Children’s Trust in Grantsville will be closing June 6th. Salem is a great institution that helps a variety of children, including those “at risk.” I have had the pleasure of teaching a few sessions on entrepreneurship over there and really enjoyed it. I also know some folks that work there. Not sure what the situation is, as I just heard about it yesterday afternoon on WCBC’s short post on Facebook. I hope that a last-minute “miracle” happens and that they can stay open!
The Maryland Department of Agriculture has declared that any business involved in food distribution, production, processing, sales and supply will be considered essential during the pandemic. This includes farmers markets. The Mountain Fresh Farmers Market is attempting to develop a plan to keep its vendors and customers as safe as possible at the market (next one is scheduled for 3/28). One option is to set up outside at the pavilion, where the summer markets are held. A survey has been created to see how many customers will be able to attend the market, under what circumstances. Your thoughts and suggestions are welcome. Please, complete this survey to help us understand your needs!
If you are an owner or manager of a small business of under 50 employees, you should check out this site by the Maryland Department of Labor. They have funding (both loans and grants) available to possibly help you, your employees and your business make it through this crisis. They also have a program for manufacturing businesses. Check it out and spread the word please.
OK, let’s take a walk on the lighter side here folks. Specifically, I am thinking jelly beans. According to candystore.com, April is the de-facto “month of the jelly bean.” Here’s some insight for you directly from candy store.com: “In a normal year, over 16 billion beans are made just for the Easter season. With Easter Egg hunts largely cancelled this year, it’s tough to tell whether fewer jelly beans will be needed. Perhaps more families will conduct their own private hunts around the house. And of course, Easter baskets will still need to be filled.” Here’s more…
Jelly Bean Quick Facts
Yesterday was overcast and drizzly just about all day. Today will be partly sunny, with a high near 52 degrees and with a northwest wind of 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the morning. Showers Tuesday evening, mainly after 8:00 pm, with a low around 38 degrees.
A third local case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Garrett County, according to the Garrett County Health Department and Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC). The patient is a man over 60 from Garrett County who had no history of international travel, and no known contact with a COVID-19 case. He did, however, travel within the U.S. to an area known to have COVID-19 cases. All three of the confirmed positive cases in Garrett County traveled together.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan yesterday enacted an emergency order to close all non-essential businesses across the state, effective yesterday at 5:00 pm. Further guidance and specifics can be found at https://governor.maryland.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/OLC-Interpretive-Guidance-COVID19-04.pdf
Please check the county website, https://www.garrettcounty.org/covid-19, for the latest virus-related information locally. I must say that local area organizations, including and especially county government and the commissioners, have done a nice job of sending-out information to the community.
Like a lot of people, my 401K has essentially become a 301K in just a few weeks time! And, yes, like most folks, I am seriously bummed. So, I thought I would end on this promising note. Local investment advisor Edward Lytle sent us this piece on bear markets in recent history and the fact that while things can get bad, they will not likely stay bad. Basically, we should relaize that “what goes down” can and should, hopefully, “come back up.” Here’s his piece and for the record, I don’t know Ed nor is he an advertiser, I just thought this was a nice, sound piece with a good (and somewhat positive) perspective that I thought our readers would enjoy.
Bear Markets Come and Go
The longest bull market in history lasted almost 11 years before coronavirus fears and the realities of a seriously disrupted U.S. economy brought it to an end.
If you are losing sleep over volatility driven by a cascade of disheartening news, it may help to remember that the stock market is historically cyclical. There have been 10 bear markets (prior to this one) since 1950, and the market has recovered eventually every time.
Bear markets are typically defined as declines of 20% or more from the most recent high, and bull markets are increases of 20% or more from the bear market low. But there is no official declaration, so in some cases there are different interpretations regarding when these cycles begin and end.
On average, bull markets lasted longer (1,955 days) than bear markets (431 days) over this period, and the average bull market advance (172.0%) was greater than the average bear market decline (-34.2%).
|Bear Markets Since 1950
||Calendar Days to Bottom
||U.S. Stock Market Decline (S&P 500 Index)
|August 1956 to October 1957
|December 1961 to June 1962
|February 1966 to October 1966
|November 1968 to May 1970
|January 1973 to October 1974
|November 1980 to August 1982
|August 1987 to December 1987
|July 1990 to October 1990
|March 2000 to October 2002
|October 2007 to March 2009
*The intraday low marked a decline of -20.2%, so this cycle is often considered a bear market.
The bottom line is that neither the ups nor the downs last forever, even if they feel as though they will. During the worst downturns, there were short-term rallies and buying opportunities. And in some cases, people have profited over time by investing carefully just when things seemed bleakest.
If you’re reconsidering your current investment strategy, a volatile market is probably the worst time to turn your portfolio inside out. Dramatic price swings can magnify the impact of a wholesale restructuring if the timing of that move is a little off. A well-thought-out asset allocation and diversification strategy is still the fundamental basis of good investment planning. Changes in your portfolio don’t necessarily need to happen all at once. Try not to let fear derail your long-term goals.
Source: Edward Lytle, ERL Financial Services, LLC, Friendsville
Have a safe day dear readers!
Yesterday we had some sun, and my wife and I took advantage and went on a short hike. Social distancing plus exercise and sun. Not a bad combination during these times!
The weather for today will include more rain, with a high near 46 degrees and a low around 34 degrees. There will be a southeast wind of 7 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% with rain mainly during day and early evening hours. I am thinking maybe I should just put the same line in every day: “windy, cloudy and rain.” I say let there be sustained sunshine for us all!
Here’s a nice photo sent in from Thad Stauffer. It is a scene taken recently of Loch Glade Sanctuary on a cold, foggy morning. Nice work Thad and thanks for sharing with us.
Loch Glade Sanctuary
Speaking of photos, I had announced my mini-photo contest last Monday. I took this photo (below) while out in California and offered some Deep Creek Times “bling” to the winner. The winner of our contest is Denny Long. It was taken from only three feet above the ground and is a photo of a small “wash” of sand heading to the beach at Point Loma peninsula, near their tidal pools. In fact, no one got it right! But, I said you did not have to be correct to have your submission randomly drawn and Denny is the lucky fellow. For the record, I wanted to send Denny a Deep Creek Times engraved gold and platinum Rolex, but my partner Sarah said Denny would likely much prefer a tee shirt and some other DCT imprinted items, so that is what we will send him. Congratulations Denny!!!
Sand wash in California
On Saturday, the Commissioners formally requested that visitors postpone trips to the lake area: “To further protect our residents, visitors and hospitality employees we request that visitors postpone trips to the mountains, Deep Creek Lake and the surrounding area beginning immediately,” commented Chairman Paul Edwards. “This action is necessary to ensure compliance with social distancing and flatten the curve of this dangerous coronavirus. At this point, the only weapon we have to combat this potentially fatal virus is to take drastic measures. All of us have to work together to outlast and shorten the cycle of this pandemic.”
Also, here’s the full press release declaring a state of emergency in the County as declared by the Board of County Commissioners on Sunday:
Garrett County Declares State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19
March 22, 2020, Oakland, MD – The Board of County Commissioners has issued a Declaration of Emergency effective Sunday March 22, 2020 at 5:00 PM local time. This is due to the public health catastrophe and public emergency as cited in the Governor of Maryland’s Declaration of Emergency issued on March 5, 2020.
This declaration on the local level provides additional powers and resources to our County Departments to deal with the COVID-19 situation. The Garrett County Health Department is the lead agency in this emergency and is supported by all county departments under the coordination of the Department of Emergency Services.
We request the public heed the orders of our public and health officials to limit social contact to reduce the threat of spreading the COVID-19 virus.
“This is not a response rooted in panic but this a global situation that is now beginning to directly impact our community,” said County Administrator Kevin Null. “This declaration will provide access to state and federal resources we will need to manage this situation.”
The Garrett County Emergency Operations Center is activated.
Note that the Garrett County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is activated to offer an inter-agency strategic response to this global pandemic at the local level.
“This EOC team is essential for managing a potential public health emergency and will provide a coordinated effort to mitigate risk and disruption for all Garrett County citizens,” said Garrett County Board of County Commissioners Chair Paul Edwards. “We are well prepared here but the reality is that COVID-19 is here and we have to stay diligent in limiting the spread.”
In addition to the items listed in the included declaration, the Board of County Commissioners have made the following changes in county government operations to protect the public and employees and to reduce the threat of further spread of the COVID-19 virus:
- All county departments will operate with essential services only. All county offices will be closed to the public effective, Monday, March 23, 2020.
- The Garrett County Landfill and collection sites will remain open, with limited hours, to allow for trash removal to continue. Specific operating hours for the Landfill and collection sites are to be determined.
Please do not call 911 for COVID-19 questions. Our health department’s COVID-19 call center can be reached at 301-334-7698.
For the video of the briefing, please visit https://youtu.be/4PKJm2BDTDA
Please check the county website, https://www.garrettcounty.org/covid-19, for the latest information.
About Garrett County Government: The County is governed by an elected Board of County Commissioners (the “Board”), whose three members serve four-year terms and must live in the District which they represent. The Board may exercise only such powers as are conferred by the General Assembly of Maryland. The County is administered under a line organizational method, with the County Administrator responsible for overseeing the financial planning, annual budget process, personnel management, and direction and management of operations within the organization. END OF RELEASE##
Obviously, the commissioners are taking the current pandemic very seriously, as we all should. I know that the first two confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been announced in Garrett County. West Virginia has also announced a few, and there have been a few deaths in Maryland to-date. As a result, I thought I would offer some layperson thoughts (bear with me as I offer an opinion or four here) to complement all we have been hearing at the National, State and County levels. Here’s a few thoughts for your consideration. Nothing earth shattering to be sure, just some shared thinking:
- This is serious, so don’t go out into “a crowd” unless you absolutely need to. If you do go out to get provisions, be quick and use gloves and wipes/alcohol rub if you touch things that have been touched by others (including gas pumps, shopping carts, ATM buttons and anything in a public restroom, including the sink). I have been amazed at some of the behaviors I have seen (and heard about).
- Take care of those in need. We all know someone that may need some assistance (or reassurance) during this period. They may need someone to shop for food for them, or just someone to talk to to know they are not alone. A phone call or text/email to an elderly, infirm or “shut-in” relative, friend or neighbor can go a long way. Take five minutes and do it. Try to reach out to one person a day if you can.
- Use this time to reconnect with family and enjoy simplicity. It is OK to slow down and “just” read or play a game with members of the family if you are sequestered indoors. Get back to the basics and make lemonade out of our recent lemons. Do something you don’t usually do.
- Get out and make some vitamin D! I have heard that Garrett County folks (me included) tend to be vitamin D deficient. You can consider taking supplements and/or also go outside for even a few minutes and take a walk (or even sit). It will feel good, get the heart pumping a little and break the cycle of staying indoors. Obviously use judgement and get a doctor’s OK if you need one.
That’s it for today folks. Be safe and healthy and happy Monday dear readers…
Yesterday stayed overcase but was warmer. Friday’s weather will be cloudy with rain and the possibility of thunderstorms. We’ll have a high of about 64 degrees and a low around 30. Saturday is forecast to be rain-free and partly sunny, with a high around 42. Sunday will stay around the same temperature but there is a chance for rain and then snow showers.
Attention SGHS Parents and Students! SGHS and Garrett County Public Schools are brainstorming educational options during this school closure as they await further guidance from our State Superintendent, Dr. Salmon and MSDE. In an effort to be proactive, they need accurate information regarding student access to internet and devices. They are asking that you take this short survey as soon as possible. Just. Do. It.
Heard that In accordance with Governor Hogan’s emergency actions to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are closing Maryland Park Service playgrounds at all parks. Also heard that New Germany State Park’s EGGstreme Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for April 11th has been canceled. At this point so much is closed and so many events/gatherings have been cancelled/postponed that it is safe to assume any event you are interested in may have been cancelled, so contact the event organizer in advance.
The Garrett County Health Department asked us to spread the word that County WIC benefits are still being dispersed, some rumors to the contrary. While the office is closed, teams are working behind the scenes to get payments out. For all individuals who have appointments from now until the end of April, WIC will be extending certification periods for at least 30 days. Food benefits will be issued for a minimum of one month up to as long as three months. Please contact the WIC office at 301.334.7710 with inquiries or questions and please help spread the word.
Also, according to the daily Update from Garrett County Health Department: There are no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Garrett or Allegany County as of Thursday, March 19th at 10:00 am. There are 107 confirmed cases in Maryland, with the nearest cases in Frederick County. In Pennsylvania the nearest confirmed cases are in Washington County and in West Virginia there are confirmed cases in Jefferson and Mercer Counties.
I went to WalMart around lunchtime Thursday and there were a considerable amount of people shopping (and a lot of children that were off from school). Drove by Lowes parking lot on the way to WalMart and it was packed too. I am guessing some folks either have cabin fever and/or are planning some stay-at-home projects during this down-time period. WalMart also had some depatments/shelves that were bare, including wipes/sanitizer, eggs and milk. So, if you are planning on coming up here, you may want to get at least some provisions before you leave on your trip. If you live in Garrett County, actively manage your supplies and don’t wait until you are completely out to replenish. Here’s a few photos that I took:
Empty sanitizer shelves
No eggs to be found
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has a number of Youth Fish Rodeos scheduled for coming months. While the dates for Garrett County are still a “go” at present, here’s the listing with contact names and numbers to confirm closer to the event dates. Since all of ours are in May, they may be on or they may be off, depending on the status of the virus, new cases and government decree. You can put these dates in your calendar now for the kids or grandkids, but be sure to check closer to May.
||5/9/2020 8:00 AM
Herrington Manor State Park
|3 – 15
||New Germany Lake
||5/16/2020 8:00 AM
New Germany State Park
|3 – 15
||5/23/2020 8:00 AM
Western MD National
Wild Turkey Federation
|3 – 15
||5/23/2020 9:00 AM
Yough Homeowners Association
|3 – 15
Good things to come to all…
Today’s weather will inlude showers in the morning hours and also after 5:00 pm and will be mostly cloudy all day. Gee, there’s a shocker! The good news is the rain will be minimal – not a downpout – and the temperatures will be moderate, with a high near 64 and a low around 54, though gusty in the evening.
While some restaurants are completely closed, other local eateries are open for take-out. Here’s a list for you to see what is available. It is changing continually, so be sure to check-back from time-to-time. Please consider take-out as a way to support our local small business owners as they try to weather the COVID-19 closure storm. Here’s the link to the list.
Well, spring is just around the corner and so is fishing. While some stocking efforts were suspended, there’s still plenty of fish in streams and the lake and it could likely be a fun, enjoyable activity for all, with the obvious advantage of being outdoors and not near crowds. Here’s the latest fishing report from the Department of Natual Resources.
Our friends at First United have announced some changes due to the COVID-19 virus. Beginning today, they are limiting lobby access and they are asking customers to use drive-ups, ATMs, and digital services. Their drive-up windows are open following normal business hours; ATMs will accept deposits, withdrawals and transfers to other First United accounts any time of day; and digital tools are available 24/7. A bank representative will be stationed at lobby doors to allow access to those who may need to visit safe deposit boxes or engage in other transactions requiring entry.
I’ll close out this edition of Daily Notes with some positive news related to COVID-19. It appears likely that ultraviolet light kills or at least limits the “spread” of the virus. Since we are about to enter a period of increased sunlight and UV exposure due to seasonal changes, that may bode well for the containment of the virus. That’s the short summary/interpretation and here’s a link to the full report. Check it out.
Stay positive and be healthy…
Yesterday was drizzly and dreary, but I hope all had a nice St. Paddy’s Day regardless. Today will be partly sunny, with a high near 52 degrees and a low around 45, with a southeast wind of 5 to 11 mph. Showers are likely after 8:00 pm.
Before you read further for more coverage of local topics related to the COVID-19 situation, you may want to take a deep breath, a sip of coffee (or something else) and read/listen to the latest episode of Wildfulness episode #55, B52 Down in the Maryland Mountains. While many of our readers are likely aware of what happened here in Garrett County in 1964, this is a well-done piece by Wildfulness creator Lisa Cole that reflects a “simpler time,” when our biggest fear was nuclear war and not the COVID-19 virus. Well, maybe not so simple! Check it out here.
The Mountain Fresh Farmers Market is hoping to hold their next Winter Market on March 28th. In the meantime, they have issued a nice newsletter with tips for staying healthy, a few recipes to get you cooking for your family while you are in lock-down, and maybe even a few ideas for indoor activities for you and your kids/grandkids while the schools are closed.
St. Peters church in Oakland asked us to spread the word that they will not be having their fish dinners available on site or for take out this Friday, March 20th.
Effective yesterday, the Garrett County Health Department will be closed to the public until further notice. This is a preventative measure in order to maintain continuity of vital operations and to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Status updates will follow with additional information pertaining to local services as they become available. For updates visit: https://garretthealth.org/building-closure-notice/
Garrett College announced that beginning today it will implementing a reduced-access protocol on all GC campuses. According to the new protocol, Garrett College’s physical locations will only be open to: Garrett College employees; Garrett College credit students accessing online resources (laptops, internet, etc.) to work on college coursework in its Learning Commons; Garrett College students still residing in on-campus housing; Food services staff, and Tenants/customers at the Garrett Information Enterprise Center (GIEC). Other on-campus visits will be by appointment only until further notice. Individuals are being encouraged to conduct business with Garrett College offices by phone and email whenever possible during the current State of Emergency throughout Maryland.
Heard from Nicole at Greater Oakland Business Association that the Maryland Department of Health is providing a free webinar this morning that may be of interest to you. Please see the details below with the agenda as follows:
- Brief novel coronavirus situation overview
- Action items for businesses to prevent and mitigate the spread of respiratory diseases, like novel coronavirus
- Opportunity to obtain information for tactical decision making short, medium, and long term
- Opportunity for questions and answers
Time: 0930-1030hrs (ET) Teleconference Dial-In Number: 1-855-244-8681 Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada);1-650-479-3207 Call-in number (US/Canada)
Passcode: 142 873 42 Meeting Link: https://mdmema.webex.com/mdmema/j.php?MTID=m620267b0a73376c33b43714b9c610d0dÂ
Have a great, healthy day folks…
The weather for today will include a chance of showers, mainly before noon. Cloudy, with a high near 46 degrees and a low of 31 in the evening hours, with a west wind of six to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Don’t forget to submit your guess on what/where the “aerial photo” I took out in California is. See yesterday’s Daily Notes for the photo and submission instructions. Go ahead, take a shot at it for a chance to win some Deep Creek Times “bling.”
Well, the world and our small piece of it here in Garrett County seems to be truly consumed with the COVID-19 outbreak and related emergency declarations and requirements. With the closure of all state restaurants, bars, movie theaters and gyms, things have changed from a services standpoint as well as from a health standpoint. I did stop by Brenda’s Pizzeria last evening to get some of their (still available) takeout from the lower-level. Great food as always and JB, Jeanne and team were really doing a great job serving their many take-out customers. Other restaurants in the area are open for take-out (only) as well, so call your favorite restaurant to see if they are open and doing take-out.
Check out the new, lower price of $45,000 (to be reduced from $52,500) for this nice boat offered in our online marketplace section. You can call the seller, Jerry, at 301.616.8585 for more information. Summer will be here before we know it! Be ready…
New, Reduced Price
Maryland Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer, Jr. has released a statement on COVID-19-related business insurance issues and a place to register complaints. You can find it here. Here’s a statement video from Governor Hogan as well, announcing closures and guidelines.
Here’s the latest update (3/16) on COVID-19 from the Garrett County Health Department: There are no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Garrett or Allegany County as of Monday, March 16th at 10:00 am. There are 37 confirmed cases in Maryland, with the nearest cases in Carroll and Montgomery County. This is an ever-changing situation and we will continue to do daily updates. For up-to-date COVID-19 information, please visit garretthealth.org where you will find links to both Statewide and National resources or call the local COVID-19 Hotline number at 301-334-7698.
Stay healthy folks…
Spent a few days last week in the San Diego area. Beautiful area and got to see whales and sea lions, but it was great to get home late Saturday evening, even if it was in the middle of a snow storm. Today will be partly sunny, with a high of 40 and a low of 34 degrees. There is a chance of showers over night.
Speaking of San Diego, here’s an “aerial photo” I took while out there. Send in a guess of what/where you think it is a photo of for a chance to win some Deep Creek Times “bling,” including a DCT shirt (limited sizes available). Send in your guess to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Mike’s Photo” as the subject. We will pick one random winner and let readers know who won next week. All entries due in by this Friday, and you do NOT have to guess correctly to win.
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Life as we know it continues to change, at least in the short term, due to the COVID-19 virus and the health measures put in place to combat the disease and its spread. As I pen this post late Sunday afternoon I just learned some states are considering restaurant and bar closures in an effort to limit the virus’ impact. That sounds prudent, but I am also concerned about the impact of many recent measures on small businesses. Hopefully, this crisis will be “under control” in the near future. Sarah and I offer our good wishes to all those that have or know someone that has the virus. Be safe.
OK, since this is the Deep Creek Times I guess I should cover some news items about the Deep Creek Lake area, so here goes…
All Ruth Enlow Events are canceled…..
The Ruth Enlow Library will be open this morning at the Main Library, Accident, and Grantsville branches until about 1:00pm. This is the opportunity to come in and get materials because all branches will be closing after that; tentatively reopening on Monday, March 30. Programs through April 15 will remain cancelled or postponed. For those of you who need Wifi access, you will be able to get access outside the building.
Garrett County Public Schools will offer free meals to any child 18 and under beginning Wednesday.
Children must be present to receive the to-go meal and the bag lunch will consist of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, fruit cup, fresh fruit, fresh vegetable and milk. Yogurt or a cheese sandwich will be available for children with peanut allergies.
The meals will be distributed weekdays at the following locations:
• Dennett Road School, 11:30 a.m. to noon.
• Liberty Mews, 11 to 11:20 a.m.
• Crellin, 57 Crellin St., 11:35 to 11:55 a.m.
• Oakland Town Parking Lot, 12:10 to 12:30 p.m.
• Deer Park, 198 Frank Custer Drive, 12:45 to 1:05 p.m.
• Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, 10:40 to 11 a.m.
• Hickory Environmental Center (Northern Middle’s bus loop), 11:20 to 11:40 a.m.
Friendsville Elementary School, noon to 12:20 p.m.
• Grantsville Elementary School, 12:40 to 1 p.m.
• Loch Lynn, 319 Roanoke Ave., 11 to 11:20 a.m.
• Kitzmiller Community Park, 290 W. Main Street, Kitzmiller, 11:45 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.
• Bloomington Park, 12:30 to 12:50 p.m.
Any questions can be directed to the Food & Nutrition Services Office at 301-334-7652 or 888-262-2792.
Well, I think I am going to “wing-it” here, so if you like wings, you have two choices of local venues for some great wings this afternoon and evening. Both Black Bear Tavern and Lakers Lounge at Alpine Lake Resort are having wing nights this evening. You can check out both on our events page.
On another note, we heard from the Manor Steakhouse late last evening that they will be closing for two weeks as a preventative measure relative to the virus. I think it is wise to check schedule of any venue before going to verify that they are open for business.
The Board of Garrett County Commissioners will not hold their Public Meeting and Community Presentation on Tuesday, March 17th as previously announced. This cancellation is due to Governor Hogan’s orders regarding the COVID-19 situation. The next Garrett County Commissioner Public Meeting will be scheduled at the Garrett County Courthouse Public Meeting Room – Monday, April 6th at 4:00 pm with the Community Presentation immediately following the Public Meeting.
To help with the social distancing needed to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, the Garrett County Chamber’s Business Before Hours scheduled for March 17th has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 21st. If you have already registered and still plan to attend, you are set. If you registered and are unable to attend on the rescheduled date, please contact Holly at 301.387.6171 for a refund or credit towards a future event.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources just announced some changes declared in an executive order from governor Hogan due to the COVID-19 virus. These include a 30 day grace period for license and permit extensions, limits to meeting sizes, improved cleaning of facilities and the cancellation of some firearms and other classes. Here’s a link to the newsletter for more specifics.
Have a great Monday folks…
The weather today will be mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 54 and a low around 28. Breezy, with a west wind around 22 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph. Saturday will be Increasing clouds with a high near 42 and a low around 30. Rain and snow likely, becoming all snow after 11pm. Sunday has a chance of snow before 8am and will be partly sunny with a high near 42 and a low around 26.
Wow. The global actions that are being taken right now amid COVID-19 really are unprecedented.
Here locally, Garrett County Public Schools (as part of the State of Maryland) will be closed Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 29 at a minimum.
Garrett College is extending spring break to March 29 and all courses (except some field courses) will begin online delivery March 30. Also, college events, as well as events scheduled to be held at the college, anticipating more than 50 participants will be cancelled through Sunday, May 3rd.
The Garrett County Government is currently operating on a normal schedule but requesting. appropriate steps to limit contact such as scheduling appointments for citizen services, maintaining appropriate distance with interactions, and disinfecting work areas regularly.
We are quickly combing our events and entertainment calendars to be sure we let you know if events are cancelled. Especially in light of the current events, be sure to check with organizers to be sure events are still a go.
Stay safe, everyone!
When I get overwhelmed, I find my peace by spending some time outside. This was my view last weekend at Swallow Falls:
The weather today will be partly sunny, with a high near 60 and a low around 50. South wind 5 to 8 mph. Showers tonight; mainly after 9pm.
I feel a little crazy and anxious this morning with the COVID-19 news changing and updating seemingly by the minute. While there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in Garrett County, we are feeling the effects of the social distancing strategies that are being used to help control the spread of the virus. I’m not an expert but the “distancing” is a strategy to mitigate infectious diseases.
According to the Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association (MPSSAA): Unfortunately, recent developments have forced all entities to determine the Boys and Girls State Basketball Championships (which are scheduled to be played on Thursday, March 12th through Saturday, March 14th) to be held in a “closed gym” format. The games remain at Towson University and the University of Maryland-College Park.
Also, I’ve heard that nearby Frostburg State University and West Virginia Universities are modifying their academic calendars through some cancellations around spring break and offering online classes.
Garrett College has not made a decision but advised students via an email:
1.) to bring all relevant course materials home with them when they go on spring break in case they have to finish the academic year through online methods;
2.) that they will receive notification through their official student email if Garreett does move to an all-online format to complete the semester; and
3.) to stay home until they are healthy again if they become sick over the spring break.
I thought this graph was interesting–a different kind of alcohol is being searched:
Amazon has been proactive in trying to limit bad sellers as much as possible — they claim to have removed over 1 million products for price-gouging or making false claims about coronavirus.
Sorry that today’s notes have a single focus but it’s what’s on my mind.
Local events are still on! Adult Book Club today in Accident from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm and at the Cornish Cafe Book Club from 12:00pm – 1:00pm.
Team Trivia is tonight from 6:30pm – 7:30pm at Mountain State Brewery! And one unique one for you, Cards at Cashmere is tomorrow from 3:00pm – 7:00pm.
The weather today will be mostly cloudy, isolated showers, with a high near 49 and low around 40.
This photo was shared with us by Christopher Adams. I love to see folks out enjoying our beautiful natural resources (even kayaking in the snow!)
Rumor has it that there is more snow on the way. As of today, the snow accumulation total for the year is 57 inches. Last year was 57.40 for the year.
Over the late-winter and early spring, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has stocked 4,500 trout.
The Maryland Insurance Administration has released information on the approved COVID-19 Emergency Regulations.
Children’s Hour is a Story Time program designed for preschoolers ages 3 and up. Today in Oakland from 10:30 am to 11:30 am and Grantsville from 11:00am to 12:00. Also, Lego Club will be held in Kitzmiller …all ages welcome!… from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm.
Lastly, going on at the library today is the Friends of the Library Meeting. Tonight in Oakland from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. The monthly meeting of the Friends of the Library, a group of volunteers dedicated to supporting the mission of the Ruth Enlow Library in the community. New members are always welcome!